Category: Classroom Technology

Important news for TurningPoint users: TurningPoint is changing

June 25th, 2014 in Announcements, Audience Response Systems (Clickers), Turning Point

On July 1, Turning Technologies, the maker of BU’s audience-response system (clicker) software, will make a major change to its approach. The company will update us to TurningPoint Cloud, which is designed to make audience-response technology work better with mobile-phone apps (to make it less necessary to purchase standalone clickers). The TurningPoint software will not change; there will need to be an update, but it will run the same. The main change is that as of July 1, students and instructors will need to get Turning accounts (akin to Apple accounts), via the TurningPoint site. The site requires a “school code”, which will be assigned to us before July 1.

Please read TurningPoint’s official PDF announcement for more details.

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Webinar: Copyright updates for the digital age

February 11th, 2014 in Announcements, Classroom Technology

CCUMC, the Consortium of College and University Media Centers, presents a webinar on copyright updates for the digital age on February 28, 2014 at 12:00pm-1:00pm EST. The workshop promises to:

  • Give you a better understanding of Fair Use in terms of dealing with media
  • Help you to become more empowered to interpret copyright law in order to be less risk-averse
  • Increase your awareness of issues surrounding copyright in media

Panelists include Lindley Shedd, Media Services Coordinator at the University of Alabama; Jane Hutchison, Associate Director of Instruction & Research Technology at William Paterson University; and Anthony Helm, Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies at Dartmouth College. If you are interested, register here.

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NERCOMP event on learning strategies for large lecture classes

November 15th, 2013 in Announcements, Audience Response Systems (Clickers), Lecture Capture

What is the first thing you think of when thinking about large lecture courses? A sea of lost faces? Students falling asleep, facebooking, texting or cheating on exams? Large lecture courses are sometimes treated as the neglected sibling or a “necessary evil” in higher education.

What if it were possible to make large lecture courses more engaging while maintaining a sustainable workload for faculty and staff members who run them? What lessons can we learn from MOOCs that might be applicable back at home on campus?

These questions are the topic of an event to be held December 9 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst by the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP). For more details, see nercomp.org/index.php?section=events&evtid=298

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Webinars on audience response systems

May 9th, 2013 in Announcements, Audience Response Systems (Clickers), Turning Point

Want to learn more about using audience response systems in your classes – whether with traditional clickers or via mobile devices? Turning Technologies invites BU faculty and staff to a series of webinars from May 21st to 23rd, demonstrating several different aspects of these technologies. They have provided a flyer providing details on the webinars.

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Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks scheduled for Spring 2013

December 21st, 2012 in Announcements, Assistive Technology, Audience Response Systems (Clickers), Blackboard, Data Analysis, Digication, e-Portfolio, Echo360, Flipped Classrooms, Learning Management Systems, Lecture Capture, Mobile Learning, Online and Blended Learning, Plagiarism Detection, Read & Write Gold, Turning Point

CEIT has now posted its list of Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks scheduled throughout the Spring 2013 semester. The talks are scheduled on various dates and times to make it possible for faculty to explore some talks whatever their schedule. Some scheduled talks with an emphasis on new technologies include:

Databases for non-majors (Jan. 10)
The top 5 things faculty need to know about Blackboard Learn (Jan. 10)
Read & Write Gold (Feb. 6)
Flipped classroom and Echo360 (Feb. 13)
Collaboration tools in Blackboard Learn (Feb. 20)
iPad applications in the classroom (Feb. 25)
Google Apps in your classroom (Feb. 25)
Increasing instructional interactivity with clickers (Mar. 19)
Virtual student exchanges (Apr. 3)
High-tech cheating (Apr. 3)
How to use ePortfolios (Apr. 5)
Making grading easier and more transparent with rubrics in Blackboard Learn (Apr. 11)
Dimensions of online courses and student perceptions (Apr. 17)

The CEIT site has a complete list of talks. If you’re interested, please sign up and reserve a space!

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Flip and Blend: Lorena Barba

July 6th, 2012 in Case Studies, e-Publishing, Engineering, Flipped Classrooms, iTunes U, Lecture Capture, Online and Blended Learning, Social Media

BU mechanical engineering professor Lorena Barba has used several new technologies to transform the classroom experience, integrating iTunes, digital inking, screen casting, and blogging. Her classes often “flip” the classroom – that is, they deliver course content outside of class and refocus in-classroom time on discussion and activity – and allow a blended learning experience, where discussion and activity also happens on the Internet as well as in class.

Using a USB connected graphical tablet and her laptop, Barba was able to annotate her Keynote & Powerpoint slides to derive, in real time, solutions to complex mathematical operations. Further, using a screen capture application and a simple microphone, she recorded the lectures which were then posted for download through iTunes. Lectures for Fluid Mechanics (ME303), Bio-aerial Locomotion (EK131/132), and Computation Fluid Dynamics (ME702) can be subscribed to and downloaded from Boston University’s iTunes U page via iTunes or the iTunes U mobile app. Barba’s innovative courses were recognized among the Top 30 iTunes U Engineering Courses by the Degree Central (2010). Some of her courses have student blogs that allow dialogue about the course materials, screencasts, and Skype interviews.

At the First Annual Instructional Innovation Conference, Barba presented a paper describing the technology and techniques used for Digital Inking and Lecture Screencasts, which can be watched via screencast on YouTube. More information about Barba can be found via her people site, her research group, and at the BU:ENG-Mechanical Engineering website.

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